Serpa + Zalszupin

Jorge Zalszupin, Carrinho de Chá (1959)
October 24 - December 04, 2015

Press Release

Artist: Ivan Serpa, Jorge Zalszupin

Bergamin & Gomide gallery presents the Serpa + Zalszupin exhibition.

Serpa, from Rio de Janeiro and Zalszupin, born in São Paulo into a Polish family, were unfamiliar with each other as far as is known, but the symmetry between their works is uncanny. While Serpa cut the canvas into strips and squares, Zalszupin cut the leaves of a species of Jacaranda tree from Bahia and transformed them into tabletops for L’Atelier. Zalszupin started his career in the 1950s, a glorious period for Brazilian architecture.

The color palette found in Serpa’s studies from the 1950s and 1960s seems to have been transported to the fabrics used by Zalszupin to upholster the furniture he designed. Even the tabletops made out of Bege Bahia marble, Zalszupin’s favorite variation of the material, are similar to the free and more abstract painting developed by Serpa in the early 1960s.

The intention of the show is to expose the similarities between the industrial design of Jorge Zalszupin and the artworks by Ivan Serpa in the most productive years of their careers, from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The artist that founded the group Grupo Frente in the 1950s and had as pupils names such as Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape and Helio Oiticica, side by side with one of the biggest names of the national design, a pioneer in the use of curved plywood in Brazil, testifies to the genius of these two masters.

The gallery intends to present an honest integration of the works of both artists. In its walls will be around 25 pieces by Ivan Serpa, amongst them painting and drawings, made between the 1950s and the 1970s. The 17 articles of furniture will be placed spontaneously, as if it was a residence.

Ivan Serpa, Sem título [Untitled] (1953)
Jorge Zalszupin, Poltrona Veranda (1959-1965) (det.)
Ivan Serpa, Sem título [Untitled] (1953)
Ivan Serpa, Sem título [Untitled] (1953)
Jorge Zalszupin, Sofá Presidencial (1959-1965)
Ivan Serpa, Sem título [Untitled] (1961)
Jorge Zalszupin, Mesa de Centro Romana (1959-1965) (det.)
Ivan Serpa, Composição (1962)
Jorge Zalszupin, Banco Onda (1959-1969)
Vista da exposição (Installation view)
Vista da exposição (Installation view)
Vista da exposição (Installation view)